Republicans scrap health bill: ‘We don’t have the votes’

(ABC News) — Republican leaders won’t hold a vote this week on their Obamacare replacement plan, the Graham-Cassidy bill, after three members of the Senate said they wouldn’t approve the measure.

The Graham-Cassidy bill was the Republicans’ latest bid to honor a years-long promise to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, the signature legislation of the Obama administration, and their latest defeat on the issue.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the sponsors of the legislation, vowed to return to healthcare after tax reform and said it was not a matter of “if” but “when” health reform is achieved.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said that the Senate would turn to tax reform.

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DGA Chair Gov. Dannel Malloy DGA Vice Chair Gov. Jay Inslee released the following joint statement on the failure of the proposal:

Governors around the country are immensely relieved the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal will not be forced upon our states,” said Governors Malloy and Inslee. “Simply put, this was a bad deal for states and for Americans. It would have cut billions from state budgets, threatened basic services, kicked millions off coverage and jeopardized care for people with pre-existing conditions. Health care might be a political game to some Senators in DC, but it’s a life-or-death issue to our constituents.

“Democratic governors stood unanimous in opposition to the disastrous Graham-Cassidy bill – the latest misguided Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Voters across the country will hold accountable the governors and candidates who failed to stand up for their constituents. It’s a governor’s job to stand up for their citizens; and many Republican candidates suddenly lost their courage.

“Now, it is time for Congress to move forward in a bipartisan fashion to stabilize markets, protect Medicaid and ensure access to health care for our constituents. Democratic governors remain ready and willing to contribute to this important discussion.”

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